R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106


Sterling J. Spell
U.S. Navy, World War II

Sterling was born in Ansley, Louisiana in Jackson Parish, in a sawmill town that no longer exists. He was one of two brothers and three sisters born to Sterling Joseph Spell and Elizabeth Eliza Droddy, whose family also worked in logging camps. His siblings were Jo Versel, Lucy V., Alweina Elizabeth, and Orville Ray. Another daughter died of spinal meningitis when she was eight months old. Sterling's father came to the area in 1915 as a hardwood sawyer, a man who operates the carriage at the hardwood wheel. The elder Sterling was not drafted into the armed forces in World War I because logging was an essential war industry. Eventually, his father became general superintendent of the mill. Sterling grew up in a "company house" that belonged to the timber company. Fortunately for the family, the company provided also electricity. The family bought groceries at the commissary. While Ansley was a small town in the forests, a railroad connected it to Ruston, ten miles away. The family also had cars, one of them a 1936 Ford in which he learned to drive. To read the entire bio, click the link above.

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Gallery Closed
24 April - 26 April 2015

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery will be closed to the public Friday, 24 April, Saturday, 25 April, and Sunday, 26 April 2015 for an Education Conference.

Library Exhibition

All the News That's Fit to Print

7 March 2015 - 31 May 2015

Saturdays and Sundays Only

As pundits routinely predict the demise of the daily newspaper, it's worth taking a look at the innovation they once were and what a profound effect they've had on history. In that light, the Norton presents "All the News That's Fit to Print", an exhibition of 19th-century newspaper and magazines that reported and even occasionally made the news. It's also worth noting that newspapers were not always welcomed. The first American newspaper appeared in Boston in 1690 and was immediately suppressed with its publisher arrested and all copies destroyed. The first successful paper managed to appear in 1704, heavily subsized by the colonial government (with the obvious establishment bias.)...

Masterworks from the International Guild of Realism

19 May 2015 - 26 July 2015

"Realism" as a general term in the arts describes the accurate representation of teh visual appearance of the world we live in. The International Guild of Realism currently represents 350 artists hailing from 35 countries around the world who produce superb, high quality artwork, ranging from the ultra-contemporary to timeless traditional realism. This exhibit of sixty-five works is representative of the best work of its members today who work in a range of media including oil, acrylic, egg tempera, graphite and colored pencil.

Special Event

Shreveport Derby Day

2 May 2015 @ 2:00 pm

The inaugural Shreveport Derby Day will be held on the lawn of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery on Saturday, 2 May. Food by Rhino Coffee, Mint Juleps and other spirits by Wine Country Bistro & Bottle Shops, beer from Great Raft Brewing and music by New Orleans' Flow Tribe are all included in your ticket price. Tickets must be purchased in advance at eventbrite.com (search Shreveport Derby Day)...

Special Event

Night at the Museum

15 May 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for our 2nd Annual Night at the Museum! The fun inside the R.W. Norton Art Gallery is from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on 15 May with a live exploratory exhibition featuring players from the Shreveport Little Theatre. This come and go experience will be entertaining and enlightening.

After the exhibition, enjoy the movie "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian". The movie will be shown on the lawn of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery via an inflatable screen, courtesy of the Robinson Film Center.  Food trucks and entertainers will also be on site.

Join us and see art come alive!

This event is presented by: R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport Little Theatre, & Robinson Film Center.

For more information call (318) 865-4201 ext. 130, or click on 'Learn More' to find answers to questions you may have...

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Toshogu Shrine
by Hiroshi Yoshida

Toshogu Shrine is a color woodcut made by a modern master of the form, Hiroshi Yoshida. Establishing a third school of modern prints in Japan, Yoshida combined the artist-carver-publisher system of ukiyo-e with the sosaku hanga artists total control of the final image. He directed every step of the production of his prints and was meticulous about the quality of the finished impressions. He also added the notation jizuri (self-print) on his works to distinguish them from other artists who did not supervise the final process. Only after he was sure a print was free of imperfections would he stamp it with his seal and then sign it in pencil. Studying both Western techniques of composition with traditional Japanese methods, he developed a unique style that was original in woodblock printing. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.

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